Judging by Spurs' wild tempers in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that they had lost the league title at Stamford Bridge.
In a sense, of course, they had, with the result mathematically confirming Leicester as champions. Chelsea revelled in their destruction of Tottenham's faint hopes, but the Lilywhites can at least be consoled by the knowledge that this was not the game that ultimately cost them.
Christian Eriksen believes their derbies with West Ham and Arsenal in March were where the Premier League crown was "thrown away", as quoted in the Daily Mail.
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"We threw it away a few games ago when we had the chance to go top, which we didn’t", the Denmark international said.
"After that, they showed consistency by winning games 1-0 for the whole season. So congrats to Leicester."
The two fixtures represented the only time the title was actually in Spurs' hands, as they have spent most of the season playing catch-up as Leicester surged ahead.
The trip to West Ham ended in a 1-0 defeat, with Spurs looking fairly uninspired. Against Arsenal, Mauricio Pochettino's side came from behind but let a 2-1 lead fizzle into a 2-2 draw after Alexis Sanchez' equaliser.
Those results meant Spurs were top for a total of thirteen minutes, and Eriksen thinks failure to win either of those key games is the reason why they can now only finish second at best.
Tottenham are understandably disappointed not to be lifting any silverware at the end of what has been a fantastic season for them, but Eriksen says they must take heart from the optimism surrounding Pochettino's young team.
‘We did not achieve what we wanted but we did all we could and we are at the beginning of something good."
They will go into the games with Southampton and Newcastle aiming to secure second place, conscious of the fact that Arsenal are just three points behind them.
The Gunners may have played a part in denying Spurs the title with their north London derby draw, but Pochettino can at least ensure that the white and blue half of north London has the last laugh.
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